Nelly Drell

Estonia / °1979 /
Nelly Drell is an Estonia artist. She was born October 19, 1979 in Tallinn.

As a child she was very interested in art and while studying in Pelgulinna Secondary School she participated in extracurricular activities at the Kullo Art Centre and Kevade Street Art School. After graduating high school she carried on studying painting in 1998-2000 at the Estonian Academy of Art. She studied at Miami University from 2000 to 2001 where she received her bachelor’s degree and from 2001 to 2003 at the New York Academy of Art where she gained a master’s degree in painting.

Drell’s creations catch the eye by being bold and realistic and having lots of figural compositions. She isn’t afraid of experimenting with different art styles. You can find from her paintings’ hyper-realistic city views, ethnic-romantic celebration and all other possible styles, from baroque to classic. The artist is just as diverse in the variation of her subjects. Among the works there are at the same time colourful sports events, dramatic scenes from history and vivid landscapes. Usage of art form and choice of motives are varying but primary attention remains focused on (harmonically depicted) people. (

Drell has exhibited her paintings since 1995 at dozens of group and personal exhibitions. In 2001 she won the Miami International Fine Arts College Young Visual Artist Award and in 2008 the SMV-prize in the Estonian Artists Union’s annual exhibition.

From 2004 she has been a member of the Estonian Painters Union and member of Estonian Artists Association since 2012.
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Suzan Hamer


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